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County to consider ordinances changes
By Joseph Slacian
 
It soon will be tougher to put a wind turbine in Wabash County.
 
The Wabash County Plan Commission on Thursday, Dec. 7, approved changes to the zoning ordinance regarding Wind Energy Conservation System (WECS). The ordinance will be presented before the Wabash County Commissioners on Monday, Dec. 18.
 
The county ordinance, as it existed, was thought to be fairly stringent.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12
Hearing on Wabash St. building continued, again
By Joseph Slacian
 
In three minutes Thursday afternoon, Dec. 7, the Wabash Board of Works and Public Safety:
 
-- Approved minutes from the Nov. 16 board meeting.
 
-- Approved paying city and sewage claims.
 
-- Learned an unsafe structure hearing for 131 S. Wabash St. had to be continued, again.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12
Christmas Spirit helps hundreds of local children

A volunteer carries boxes to his vehicle on Saturday morning during the Wabash County Christmas Spirit delivery. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Hundreds of children around Wabash County will have a merrier Christmas than they might otherwise have had, thanks in part to Wabash County Christmas Spirit.

Volunteers with the program helped to deliver boxes of toys to needy families around the area on Saturday morning, Dec. 9.

“We ended up having between 800 and 900 kids register,” Christmas Spirit chair Jennifer Meyer told The Paper of Wabash County. “Shop With a Cop took about 175 of those, and the rest have been either pick ups or deliveries.”

 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12
U.S. Senate candidate visits Wabash

Mark Hurt, a Kokomo-based lawyer and former Wabash High School teacher, is running as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

Mark Hurt, a Kokomo-based lawyer and former Wabash High School teacher, is running as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

Hurt recently stopped by Wabash for a meeting with the Indiana Policy Foundation.

However, prior to the meeting, the candidate met with The Paper of Wabash County to discuss why he’s running, his stances and how he would represent Indiana on the U.S. Senate if elected.

A Summitville native, Hurt attended Madison Grant High School and graduated from Taylor University with a bachelor’s in teaching and coaching in 1985.

 

 

 

 

Posted on 2017 Dec 12
County Council approves $190,000-plus additional appropriations
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Council approved more than $190,000 in additional appropriation requests at its final meeting of the year on Monday, Dec. 4.
 
The requests, which were submitted by five individual departments, totaled to $191,646.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12
County hears about local ID cards
By David Fenker
 
The county commissioners heard information Monday about county-issued photo identification cards, an issue currently being addressed by counties and municipalities around the Midwest.
 
Wabash County resident John Hartsough and guest Nicole Novak, a doctoral graduate and former researcher at the University of Michigan's Population Studies Center, presented details about why county or municipal photo IDs are a current trend.
 
“At this point... 11 percent of adults born in the United States do not have their own photo ID, usually because they've lost some of the essential documents and get caught in this catch 22, where you need your birth certificate in order to get your state ID, but you need your state ID in order to get a birth certificate,” Novak said.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12
Fair trade shop ‘pops up’ in downtown Wabash

The Umbrella Tree is located at 160 S. Wabash St. in Wabash and will be open until Dec. 23. Photos by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

The Umbrella Tree, a fair trade pop-up shop, is now open in downtown Wabash and will remain there until Saturday Dec. 23.

Located at 160 S. Wabash St., the temporary store officially opened Nov. 17. It offers a variety of fair trade, hand-crafted goods including bags, toys, jewelry, chocolate, woolens and shoes, according to Sally Forrester Rich, owner.

“The things that we have were fairly traded, which means that they were bought (at a fair price),” Rich said. “It starts with trying to make a living for people in developing countries. So you start with paying them a fair wage and go from there. There are fewer middlemen so it does turn out to be more expensive (for the consumer), but you’re paying a fair wage.

“Also you’re not buying things that come from slave labor or things like that.”

Posted on 2017 Dec 12
Public ceremony planned at Wabash Business Complex

The Wabash Business Complex has been designated as a Prime Site, the highest award for shovel readiness in the state of Indiana, by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), officials from the City of Wabash and Grow Wabash County announced today.

Posted on 2017 Dec 07

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